Thailand to battle obesity, starting with cops

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obese_childThai health authorities have realised that there is a growing problem with obesity in the nation, with the number of overweight preschool children having risen by 36 per cent over the past five years and the number of obese adults and young children increasing by 4 million every year.

Among another initiatives, the government has now started programmes starting in Bangkok to slender down traffic cops many of whom have been found being “too chubby” which, besides health problems such as high cholesterol levels, also weighs on the public image presented by potbellied officers.

Officers with a waistband over 91 centimeters are encouraged to participate in courses such as “Fit and Firm” or “Fat Fighters” with the incentive to receive $160 for the best performers who lose more than 10 kilogrammes.

The growing obesity crisis in Thailand is being blamed on a change in diet which now includes fat-laden, sugary and unhealthy food products and lack of exercise. The ubiquitous food stalls on Bangkok’s streets also add to the problem, as they serve lots of oily, salty and fried food and sugary dishes such as coconut milk curries and other fattening stuff.

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has revealed that over 20,000 Thais die on a yearly basis due to being overweight or obese. Obese people are also at a much higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis. The ministry also said that it found that among the female population, obesity is now the leading cause of death, followed by high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Initiatives have been started to highlight the problem especially for the youth, addressing those who have a body-mass index of over 25 which is considered overweight.

In ASEAN, Malaysia ranks first in obesity, followed by the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, according to research by the India Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Thai health authorities have realised that there is a growing problem with obesity in the nation, with the number of overweight preschool children having risen by 36 per cent over the past five years and the number of obese adults and young children increasing by 4 million every year.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

obese_childThai health authorities have realised that there is a growing problem with obesity in the nation, with the number of overweight preschool children having risen by 36 per cent over the past five years and the number of obese adults and young children increasing by 4 million every year.

Among another initiatives, the government has now started programmes starting in Bangkok to slender down traffic cops many of whom have been found being “too chubby” which, besides health problems such as high cholesterol levels, also weighs on the public image presented by potbellied officers.

Officers with a waistband over 91 centimeters are encouraged to participate in courses such as “Fit and Firm” or “Fat Fighters” with the incentive to receive $160 for the best performers who lose more than 10 kilogrammes.

The growing obesity crisis in Thailand is being blamed on a change in diet which now includes fat-laden, sugary and unhealthy food products and lack of exercise. The ubiquitous food stalls on Bangkok’s streets also add to the problem, as they serve lots of oily, salty and fried food and sugary dishes such as coconut milk curries and other fattening stuff.

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has revealed that over 20,000 Thais die on a yearly basis due to being overweight or obese. Obese people are also at a much higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis. The ministry also said that it found that among the female population, obesity is now the leading cause of death, followed by high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Initiatives have been started to highlight the problem especially for the youth, addressing those who have a body-mass index of over 25 which is considered overweight.

In ASEAN, Malaysia ranks first in obesity, followed by the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, according to research by the India Diabetes Research Foundation.

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